'Watched Chelsea a lot': PL club's record signing now says he used to love watching the Blues

Burnley’s record signing Maxwel Cornet confessed to Sky Sports he constantly watched Chelsea before moving to the Premier League.

As relayed by the Football Daily, Cornet revealed his affiliation to the Blues because of Didier Drogba.

The Ivory Coast international joined Burnley from Lyon towards the end of the transfer window for £15m (Sky Sports), the highest fee ever paid for a player by Sean Dyches’ employers.

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Like many hailing from Cote d’Ivoire, the 24-year-old saw Drogba as the shining light for their country in the game.

His legacy will forever be cemented within the walls of Stamford Bridge, let alone the archives of England’s first division.

He won four league titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and most infamously, the Champions League, across two separate spells for Chelsea.

Drogba also scored 164 times, placing him fourth on the club’s all-time scoring list.

An icon and a hero for so many aspiring footballers, past, present and future.

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“When I was young, I watched Chelsea a lot because my idol played there, Didier Drogba,” said Cornet.

“I tried to speak with him. He did a lot for me.

“He told me I had to work hard every week, recover and play hard again, every week.”

If Cornet can emulate anything close to his Drogba’s levels, then his statue will surely be erected outside Turf Moor.

Continue on his current rate and the sculpture should be up in no time.

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He has already netted four times in seven outings for Burnley, all arriving in the top-flight.

Saving the Clarets from relegation will be worthy enough of a bronze look alike.

Cornet will come up against Chelsea this weekend, in what could be a momentous occasion for him, given his affinity to the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel’s men will have to keep a close eye on him.

But given that Chelsea have conceded just three goals all season, finding the back of the net on Saturday may be Cornet’s toughest task in a Burnley shirt to date.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.